Christopher Locke's 'Heartless Machine' Features Obsolete Gadgets

By: Marissa Brassfield - Mar 7, 2009   Updated: Mar 24 2011
References: heartlessmachine & neatorama
Christopher Locke's 'Heartless Machine' modern fossils are genius. These art pieces are set up like remnants from an archaeological dig, only instead of dinosaur bones, these fossils are obsolete gadgets.

The nostalgia begins with a rotary telephone, then a cassette tape, PlayStation 2 controller, and record player. Christopher Locke even pairs each concrete artifact with a Latin name. Brilliant!

Implications - Technological devices aren't known for their longevity, and in the past 20 years alone, we've seen dozens of gadgets go the way of the dinosaur. This artist combined the themes of fossils and obsolescence to create art that pokes fun at the rapid pace of consumer gadgets and our throwaway culture.